Most people understand that both robbery and burglary are taken very seriously and can result in serious consequences for a person accused of either. At the Nunez Law Firm, PLLC, we have a thorough understanding of robbery and burglary laws in Arizona. There is a difference between the two, and we will help you navigate the charges against you. Contact us today when you need a Phoenix robbery and burglary attorney.
Why Choose Our Law Firm for Your Case?
After facing serious robbery or burglary charges, you can count on the legal team at the Nunez Law Firm, PLLC to stand by your side.
- We have more than 20 years of experience handling complex criminal legal defense matters such as robbery and burglary.
- We understand and explain the laws and legal rights to our clients, and we also strive to counsel every client about the likely outcomes and possible consequences of their case.
- We believe that everyone has the right to a qualified and experienced attorney, and we will vigorously defend you both in and out of court.
Understanding Robbery And Burglary Charges In Phoenix
Many people use the terms robbery and burglary interchangeably. However, while both charges revolve around taking somebody else’s property, the actions of both are very different, as are the penalties involved. It is important to distinguish between the two. Burglary involves entering another person’s property, while robbery does not.
Robbery – Arizona Revised Statutes §13.1902
In Arizona, a person can face robbery charges under the following circumstances:
- They take another person’s property
- The theft occurred from the other person directly or in their immediate presence
- The taking of the property was against the other person’s will
- The person charged with robbery threatened to use force or did use force with the intention of coercing the surrender of the property
Robbery in Arizona is a class 4 felony offense that is punishable by up to 2.5 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.
Burglary – Arizona Revised Statutes §13-1506, §13-1507 and §13-1508
Arizona separates burglary laws into separate categories when it comes to applying charges and sentencing following a conviction.
- Third-degree burglary. Class 4 felony offense and these charges are applied if a person is discovered in a non-residential structure or if a person illegally enters a motor vehicle with the intention to commit a felony or theft.
- Second-degree burglary. Class 3 felony offense and these charges are applied if a person is charged with entering a residential structure with the intention of committing a felony or theft.
- Third-degree burglary. Class 2 felony offense and these charges are applied if the burglary involves possession of a deadly weapon, explosives, or similar materials as part of their intention to commit a crime.
Depending on the degree of the burglary charge, a person can face from 2.5 to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.
How Will An Attorney Help Your Robbery Or Burglary Case?
A Phoenix robbery and burglary lawyer is going to be your front line of defense in your case. Your lawyer can use their resources to:
- Gather any evidence that is relevant to your case, including speaking to all witnesses, analyzing any information provided by prosecutors, and more.
- Negotiate with all parties involved to ensure any charges that are filed line up with the evidence while also working on a lessened sentence.
- Preparing your case for trial if necessary to ensure you are treated fairly.
Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation Immediately
If you or somebody you care about is facing either robbery or burglary charges in Phoenix, you need to speak with an attorney about your case as soon as possible. Our Phoenix criminal defense attorneys understand that these charges can have a significant impact on a person’s life. Our robbery and burglary lawyers will conduct a full investigation into your case in an effort to get the charges reduced or dismissed. Contact us online or call us (602) 500-0000 and request your free initial consultation.